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Former Peterbilt GM Kozek named president of Navistar truck, parts business

Bill Kozek, 50, joins Navistar following a 26-year career at Paccar Inc., where he most recently served as vice president and general manager of its Peterbilt Motors Co.

The Trucker Staff

5/22/2013

LISLE, Ill. — Navistar International Corp. has appointed Bill Kozek as president of the company's North America Truck and Parts business.

He succeeds Jack Allen, who was promoted to chief operating officer last month.

Kozek, 50, joins Navistar following a 26-year career at Paccar Inc., where he most recently served as vice president and general manager of its Peterbilt Motors Co.

"Bill is a recognized and respected leader in the North American truck industry, having successfully run both the Peterbilt and Kenworth truck divisions during his career," Troy Clarke, Navistar president and CEO, said. "We look forward to the new perspectives and expanded strategic thinking he will bring to our core North America truck and parts business."

Kozek said he was eager to be joining an “iconic” American company at this point in its history.

"Troy, Jack and the entire Navistar team are executing an impressive turnaround, and with its new product launches, the company is well positioned to begin winning back market share. I look forward to working with them and our dealers in helping to lead the company back to its rightful leadership position."

Navistar suffered EPA sanctions for failure to meet mandated emissions standards for its previous, exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) engines. 

Navistar was the only OEM not to adopt the SCR technology as a means to meet 2010 EPA standards and the company announced last July that is was giving up on EGR.

That announcement came less than a month after a federal appeals court tossed out an EPA ruling to allow Navistar to continue to produce and sell engines that don’t meet the federal standards.

Following Navistar’s announcement that it was abandoning EGR, Dan Ustian retired as chairman, president and CEO of Navistar and Jim Hebe retired as senior vice president of North American Sales Operations.

Kozek will report to Allen and serve on the company's senior leadership team.

"I have known Bill for many years and I am thrilled to have a person of his character and industry expertise join our team," Allen said. "His tremendous experience and capabilities, combined with his winning management style, make him the right person to drive our truck and parts business back to the market-leading position in North America."

Kozek had served as Paccar vice president and general manager of its Peterbilt division since January 2012, responsible for all aspects of Peterbilt's U.S. and Canadian operations.

He served as vice president of Paccar China in 2011, where he was responsible for purchasing and business development.

Prior to that, Kozek was vice president and general manager of Paccar's Kenworth division, which included responsibility for all U.S. and Canadian operations. He held this role from October 2008 to June 2011.

He began his career as an accountant for Peterbilt in 1987, and served in a number of finance roles before moving into operations as a parts district manager for the Kenworth division in 1995.

He spent the next 13 years at Kenworth moving through a number of key operational roles with increasing responsibility, eventually becoming general manager.

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